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chapter 2 - There are many different theories on how...

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Chapter 2 The second chapter is about languages in the world. There are 7,000 languages in the world but half are endangered. Because of globalism languages are dying off and there is no way to preserve them. Being born into a life where people speak a minor language does make life harder in terms of international business, capitalism, communication and other life situations. And the opposite for someone born where people speak a major language. Even though someone is born in a culture with a dominant language doesn’t mean they will have a better future. To achieve this you need to be able to speak more than one language. English has become a global lingua franca which means it is spoken worldwide many as people second language. How languages evolve and devolve are studied by linguists and is very hard to study because they don’t have anything tangible to study. Linguists look at languages by backward reconstruction. They track sound shifts and try to find the vocabulary of an extinct language.
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Unformatted text preview: There are many different theories on how languages begin. One theory is called the Agricultural Theory where language spread through Europe because of innovation of agriculture. A current example is China because of they are becoming mobals with trade and are developing of creating a hybrid language of English and Chinese. This language maybe used more and therefore culture and historical attributes of Chinese become endangered. An opposite of that is Japan because they are not fluent in English yet had one of the world’s largest economies. In conclusion multilingualism will be the key to surmounting the power of place. Interesting points I found were that 3500 languages were endangered. That fact only less than one percent of Japan speaks English considering how much business they do. And another was that China is starting to create a language mixing English and Chineses called Chinglesh. A question I have is I feel bad for all these dying languages but how does one preserve them?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/09/2012 for the course GEOG 100 taught by Professor Shumway during the Spring '12 term at BYU.

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